RIM's BlackBerry Unite!, announced yesterday, neatly fills the gap between BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and the carrier hosted BlackBerry Internet Server. More than simply "BES-Lite", it allows up to five users to access email, use desktop files, share calendars, share photos and download music to BlackBerry devices. Initially available only from Spain's Telefonica, in Spanish, the software will be a free download, and require an "always-on" PC at home or in the office to run. Apparently English versions will follow next year.
Is this a harbinger of more sophisticated consumer offerings from RIM? It seems that way. Software like this would be a natural adjunct to devices like the rumored BlackBerry 9xxx.